Department of Animal Science

Students seeking knowledge in the production, management and care of livestock and companion animals will find interest in the department’s offerings. Included are Animal Science concentrations in programs in Animal Science and a M.S. in Animal Science with thesis and non-thesis tracks. Internships are a part of most concentrations and encouraged in all.

The Department of Animal Science administers one Bachelor of Science degree with the following degrees and support areas:

Bachelor of Science in Animal Science

• Science. Provides a strong foundation in the scientific aspects of animal production, nutrition, reproduction, anatomy, and physiology. Supporting course work in chemistry, biology, and math provides students with background necessary for understanding the complex physiology and biology of animal function and performance.

• Animal Production. Stresses the practical aspects of commercial livestock production. Designed for students who expect and desire a career in the commercial production, marketing, and/or promotion phases of the livestock industry.

• Business. Combination of a strong foundation in animal science and basic business courses needed by graduates entering commercial and business enterprises related to animal agriculture.

• Pre-Veterinary Medicine. Includes all necessary prerequisites for application to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at Texas A&M University and other professional veterinary medicine schools. Acceptance into a DVM program is competitive. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in planning their program of study. 

• Meat and Food Science. Applications of science, business and animal production to food production, processing and safety. The course work will prepare students for careers in meat science, meat and food processing, and food safety.  

• Range and Ranch Management. Similar to the Animal Production concentration but provides students an additional emphasis in livestock production in the range conditions of the western U. S. This concentration contains the courses required for the Federal Government’s GS-454 “Range Management Specialist” position.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science

Field of Study Courses
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
ANSC 2101Animal Science Industry 1
ANSC 2350Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals3
AGEC 2317 [shared] Introductory Agricultural Economics
or AGRI 2317 Introductory Agricultural Economics
ANSC 3308Principles of Animal Nutrition3
ANSC 3309Applied Animal Nutrition and Feeding3
ANSC 3408Physiology of Reproduction4
ANSC 3421Meat Science4
ANSC 4300Research and Writing in Animal Science3
Writing Intensive Requirement - take one of the following:3
Agricultural Sales and Services
Writing and Editing for Agricultural Publications
Communicating Agriculture to the Public
AGRI 3409Genetics4
ANSC 3319Animal Breeding3
ANSC 4185Senior Seminar1
Animal Production Elective - Choose six hours from the following:6
Sheep and Goat Production
Beef Cattle Production
Swine Production
Stocker Cattle Production and Feedlot Management
Horse Enterprise Management
Sustainable Livestock Systems
Dairy Cattle Production
Other Required Courses
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS42
COMM 1315 [shared] Public Speaking
BIOL 1406 [shared] Biology for Science Majors
MATH (1314 or higher)
All Animal Science majors must complete the General Education requirements, the Animal Science FIeld of Study courses and one of the concentrations below to complete their degree program.
Total Hours84
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Science Concentration
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
ANSC 4084Internship3
Electives (3@@@ or 4@@@ from ANSC, RNRM, VETE, BIOL, CHEM)6
Animal Science Electives (ANSC, RNRM, VETE)7
Total Hours36
Animal Production Concentration
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
CHEM 1407 [shared] Fundamentals of Chemistry
AGRI 1307
AGRI 1107
Agronomy
and Agronomy Laboratory
4
RNRM 3301Principles of Range Management3
or ANSC 3303 Pastures and Forages
ANSC 4084Internship3
Advanced business electives: AGEC or any course from the College of Business Administration6
Select 6 hours from the following courses:6
Animal Diseases and Parasites
Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources
Environmental Physiology of Farm Animals
Biotechnology in Agriculture
Ethology
Animal Science Electives (ANSC, RNRM, VETE)8
Electives6
Total Hours36
Business Concentration
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
CHEM 1407 [shared] Fundamentals of Chemistry
ECON 2301Principles of Macroeconomics3
ACCT 2301Principles of Accounting I-Financial3
ACCT 2302Principles of Accounting II-Managerial3
or AGSD 2311 Applied Agricultural Analysis
AGEC 3330Agricultural Credit3
AGEC 3314The Agricultural Marketing System3
AGEC 3317Agricultural Statistics3
ANSC 4084Internship3
Advanced business electives: AGEC or any course from the College of Business Administration9
Animal Science Electives (ANSC, RNRM, VETE)6
Total Hours36
Pre-Veterinary Medicine Concentration
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
MATH 2412 [shared] Precalculus Math
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
4
BIOL 4374Biochemistry I3
or CHEM 4374 Biochemistry I
PHYS 1401College Physics I4
PHYS 1402College Physics II4
MATH 3450Principles of Bio-Statistics4
Advanced Elective1
Total Hours36
Meat and Food Science
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
BIOL 1407Biology for Science Majors II4
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412College Chemistry II4
BIOL 3407Microbiology4
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
4
ANSC 4312Meat Processing and Merchandising3
ANSC 4314Food Quality Assurance3
ANSC 4338Value-Added Processed Meats3
ANSC 4084Internship3
Concentration Electives8
Barbeque Science
Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources
Concepts and Controversies in Food Studies
Food Processing
Food and Culture
Global Business Practices
Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Sales Management
Supply Chain and Logistics Concepts
Principles of Food Preparation
Formulation of Agriculture & Food Policy
Total Hours36
Range and Ranch Management
These courses are in addition to general education requirements and Animal Science Field of Study
CHEM 1411 [shared] College Chemistry I
CHEM 1412College Chemistry II4
CHEM 2323Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2123Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
AGRI 1307Agronomy3
RNRM 3300Rangeland and Forest Plants3
RNRM 3301Principles of Range Management3
RNRM 3315Range Ecology3
RNRM 4301Perspectives and Practices in Grazing Management3
RNRM 4312Range Improvement and Development3
SOIL 3301Soil Science3
BIOL 3436Plant Physiology4
or BIOL 3415 Plant Taxonomy
RNRM 4384Internship3
or ANSC 4084 Internship
Total Hours36

Certificate in Equine Science

Field of Study Courses
Select 6 credits from the following courses:6
Equine Evaluation
Equine Exercise Physiology and Conditioning
Horse Psychology and Training
Basic Equine and Assisted Therapy
Advanced Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine Behavior Modification
Special Topics
Other Required Courses
ANSC 1310Introduction to Horse Management3
ANSC 1309Introduction to Horse Production3
ANSC 3324Horse Nutrition3
ANSC 3410Principles of Equine Reproduction4
ANSC 4330Horse Enterprise Management3
Total Hours22

**NOTE:  Some of the courses within the Equine Certificate may require other course prerequisites.** 

Animal Science

Required Courses
AGRI 1419General Animal Science4
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Horse Production
Meat Animal Evaluation
Meat and Carcass Evaluation
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Equine Evaluation
Select one of the following: 13-4
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Feeds and Feeding
Select one of the following: 13-4
Meat Science
Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Select one of the following: 13-4
Livestock Management
Pastures and Forages
Animal Diseases and Parasites
Physiology of Reproduction
Feeds and Feeding
Meat Science
Select one of the following:3-4
Dairy Cattle Production
Beef Cattle Production
Swine Production,Livestock Shows
Sheep and Goat Production
Stocker Cattle Production and Feedlot Management
Horse Enterprise Management
Sustainable Livestock Systems
Total Hours19-20

Range and Ranch Management

Required Courses
RNRM 3301Principles of Range Management3
RNRM 3315Range Ecology3
Select one of the following:3-4
Plant Taxonomy
Plant Physiology
Select one of the following:3-4
Soil Science
and Soil Science Laboratory
Soils, Land Use, and The Environment
Select one of the following:3
Beef Cattle Production
Sheep and Goat Production
MGMT 3300Principles of Management3
Total Hours18

Minor in Veterinary Technology

Required Courses
ANSC 1105Introduction to Veterinary/Medical Terminology (Recommended first class)1
Select one:3
Animal Welfare & Ethics
Ethology
Select one of the following:3
Companion Animal Diseases & Health Management
Equine Disease & Health Management
Animal Diseases and Parasites
VETE 4181Veterinary Practice: Law & Ethics I1
VETE 4182Veterinary Practice: Law & Ethics II1
Select one of the following:3-4
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Equine Nutrition
Companion Animal Nutrition & Care
Electives (select 6 hours from the following):6
Physiology of Reproduction
Veterinary Microbiology
Shelter Animal Medicine I
Shelter Animal Medicine II
Shelter Animal Medicine III
Veterinary Forensics I
Veterinary Forensics II
Equine Colic
Equine Lameness & Treatment Modalities
Veterinary Practice: Administration and Organization
Veterinary Practice: Fiscal Analysis and Planning
Equine Forensics: Cruelty
Total Hours18-19

Certificate in Shelter Animal Medicine

Required Courses
VETE 4323Companion Animal Nutrition & Care3
VETE 4253Shelter Animal Medicine I2
VETE 4254Shelter Animal Medicine II2
VETE 4255Shelter Animal Medicine III2
VETE 4256Veterinary Forensics I2
VETE 4257Veterinary Forensics II2
VETE 4272Equine Forensics: Cruelty2
Total Hours15

Certificate in Dairy Science

Required Courses
ANSC 4302Dairy Cattle Production3
ANSC 4360Lactation Physiology3
ANSC 3360Dairy Farm Evaluation3
ANSC 4351Environmental Stewardship in Animal Agriculture3
Choose 6 credits from the following courses:6
Genetics
Physiology of Reproduction
Principles of Animal Nutrition
Agricultural Electrical Systems
Agricultural Field Machinery
Choose one of the following:3
Agricultural Credit
Human Resource Management
Small Business Management
Total Hours21

Animal Science Courses

ANSC 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in Animal Sciences. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to prepare the student for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

ANSC 1105. Introduction to Veterinary/Medical Terminology. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to veterinary/medical terminology. The foundation of veterinary terminologies and medical language roots, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms are covered along with musculoskeletal and dissection/spatial body positions. Designed to provide a comprehensive entry-level study of medical language for health career learners.

ANSC 1202. Barbeque Science. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction to the science of meat preparation, incorporating food quality and safety, ingredients and flavors, cooking techniques, cut selection and consumer preferences. Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 1309. Introduction to Horse Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction to some of the fundamental aspects of horse production, including health, genetics and disease, nutrition, reproduction, and exercise physiology.

ANSC 1310. Introduction to Horse Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An introduction to fundamental aspects of horse management, including the status of the equine industry. Other topics include functional anatomy, locomotion, identification, equine behavior in relation to modification to training, health care management and stable management. Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 1320. Rodeo Production and Skills. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A study of rodeo activities including organization, promotion, and management of rodeos. Skill development in all standard events will be emphasized with special attention to student needs. Lab fee $10.

ANSC 2101. Animal Science Industry. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of the opportunities available to Animal Science students upon graduation, and the appropriate concentrations to achieve career goals. Prerequisites: Must be an ANSC major and must have completed AGRI 1419 or equivalent.

ANSC 2301. Foaling Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Management of the pregnant mare, parturition, and the neonatal foal. Students are required to attend overnight foal watch sessions as partial requirement for the course. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309 or instructor approval.

ANSC 2305. Horse Handling Techniques. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Skills development in basic horse handling and application of general principles of equine psychology and behavior. Students will be assigned a young horse to halter train for fundamental groundwork. Prerequisite: instructor approval Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 2307. Meat Animal Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Evaluation of market animals including beef cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Emphasis is on selection of breeding animals and evaluation of market animals and economically important characteristics for each species. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419.

ANSC 2308. Meat and Carcass Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Evaluation of meat cuts and carcasses from cattle, swine, sheep and goats. Emphasis is on factors affecting quality and yield for each species. Techniques for evaluation and for preparation of written reasons. This course is required for participation in the meat judging program, but is open to all students meeting the prerequisites. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419.

ANSC 2350. Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Introduction to comparative anatomy and physiology of domestic animals. The roles of the various systems of the animal body will be studied with practical applications made to animal production. Topics include anatomy and physiology of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, digestive and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419.

ANSC 3301. Livestock Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Application of animal handling and management techniques for livestock. A study of the principles of breeding, feeding, disease and parasite control for beef, sheep, goats and swine. Prerequisites: AGRI 1319 or AGRI 1419; Agriculture Services and Development majors only.

ANSC 3303. Pastures and Forages. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Identification, management, and utilization of forage crops as they pertain to the production of livestock and related species, including pastures, hay, and silage.

ANSC 3305. Equine Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

A Study of the influence of heredity, conformation, training and environmental effects on performance. A detailed evaluation of the athletic performance and conformation as it relates to function, and the criteria used for evaluation and selection of breeding, race and performance animals. Prerequisite: ANSC 1310.

ANSC 3307. Livestock and Meat Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Comparative evaluation of breeding and market animals with emphasis on live animal selection, official carcass grading, carcass contest, wholesale cut selection and pricing, and performance testing. Oral reasons and written justifications on placing classes will be emphasized. Prerequisite: AGRI 1325 or approval of department head and instructor. Lab fee $2.

ANSC 3308. Principles of Animal Nutrition. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An evaluation of the anatomical, physiological, and biochemical processes of digestion, absorption, and metabolism; overview of nutrients (water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, minerals, and vitamins) and their use within the body of animals. Prerequisites: BIOL 1406 or 1407; and CHEM 1407, 1411 or 1412.

ANSC 3309. Applied Animal Nutrition and Feeding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Application of nutritional concepts; understanding of nutrient requirements and development of appropriate rations for livestock. Prerequisite: ANSC 3308.

ANSC 3314. Applied Equine Nutrition. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Detailed examination of the unique anatomy and physiology of the digestive system of the horse. Dietary requirements nutrients as well as the major sources, needs, functions, and physiological aspects of inadequate and excess intake of nutrients. Common feedstuffs and use in formulating equine diets will be introduced. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309 or ANSC 3308 or instructor approval.

ANSC 3315. Animal Diseases and Parasites. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Exploratory study of infectious and non-infectious farm animal diseases, parasites, and parasitic diseases. Introduction to disease and parasite prevention through sanitation and treatment. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419.

ANSC 3319. Animal Breeding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Specialized study of the application of genetic principles to livestock breeding. Improvement of the economic traits of farm animals by utilizing the principles of heritability and selection. Breeding and selection systems in cattle, swine, sheep, and horse production. Prerequisites: AGRI 3409, or BIOL 3303 and BIOL 3103, or BIOL 3403, or equivalent.

ANSC 3320. Livestock Event Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Planning and implementing livestock events. Publicity, promotion, budgeting, scheduling, soliciting sponsors, and event production.

ANSC 3323. Ethical Issues in Agriculture and the Natural Resources. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students will examine the several major ethical issues facing agriculture and natural resources sciences in our current society. Readings, discussions and lectures will focus on the scientific, capitalistic, and philosophical motivation in common ethical issues. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to construct and dissect ethical arguments and hopefully become more aware of the ethical dilemmas we all face each day.

ANSC 3325. Equine Exercise Physiology and Conditioning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Influence of exercise and conditioning on muscle physiology, cardiovascular physiology, the biomechanics of locomotion, and energy utilization. Fundamental rehabilitation and treatment of sports injuries will be introduced. Prerequisites: ANSC 1309 and ANSC 2350; OR instructor approval.

ANSC 3330. Basic Equine and Assisted Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Study and application of the methods of using the horse in a therapy program. Guidelines from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Students will gain practical experience in the development and conduct of an equine-assisted therapy program. Prerequisite: Approval by instructor or Department Head.

ANSC 3331. Advanced Equine Assisted Therapy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Advanced studies in the use of the horse in a therapeutic riding program. Students will gain the hands-on experience and the information about riding, instruction and safety necessary to become a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association. Prerequisites: ANSC 1309, 3330, and approval of the instructor.

ANSC 3335. Equine Behavior Modification. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Application of the principles of equine psychology to train horses. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ANSC 3340. Basic Therapeutic Riding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Study and application of the methods of using the horse in a therapeutic riding program. Guidelines from Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International will be used. Students will gain practical experience in the development and conduct of a therapeutic riding program.

ANSC 3341. Advanced Therapeutic Riding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 6 Hours).

Advanced studies in the use of the horse in a therapeutic riding program. Students will gain the hands-on experience and the information about riding, instruction and safety necessary to become a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Prerequisite: ANSC 3340 or instructor approval.

ANSC 3360. Dairy Farm Evaluation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

On-site dairy farm inspections, evaluating management systems, and developing recommendations to enhance farm performance. Topics include dairy economics, management, and records. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419.

ANSC 3408. Physiology of Reproduction. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Fundamental aspects of animal reproduction: basic reproductive anatomy, physiology, endocrinology, histology and behavior and how to apply it to production and effective management of domestic livestock. Prerequisites: AGRI 1419 and ANSC 2350.

ANSC 3409. Feeds and Feeding. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Study of principal feeds and feed-stuffs from a practical point of view. Feeding standards and calculation of rations for maintenance, growth, fattening, and for milk, wool, and egg production. Prerequisite: Junior classification and AGRI 1419 with a C or better. Lab fee $2.

ANSC 3410. Principles of Equine Reproduction. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Theory and practices associated with equine reproduction, including mare and stallion anatomy, endocrinology, folliculogenesis, breeding soundness exams, record keeping, and health care. Prerequisite: ANSC 1309 or equivalent.

ANSC 3421. Meat Science. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Basic physical and chemical components of meat and their influence on specific attributes of meat and meat products. Scientific and technical procedures involved in processing food animals, and anatomy, nomenclature, and evaluation of meats. Food safety issues in the meat industry and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points. Prerequisites: AGRI 1419 and ANSC 2350.

ANSC 4084. Internship. 3,6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 48 Hours).

Formally arranged and approved on-the-job training with cooperating sponsor in a commercial or private sector of the livestock or meats industries. A minimum of 120 hours of training is required for completion. Actual required hours will be determined by the nature of the internship and the internship coordinator. Oral and written reports of internship experience are required. This course may be offered pass/fail. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

ANSC 4086. Animal Science Problems. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-4 Hours).

Individualized study of current topics in student's major concentration of study or supporting discipline. Specific content and credit dependent upon student's interest, needs, and depth of study. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 semester hours credit. Prerequisite: Senior classification and advance approval by academic advisor.

ANSC 4090. Special Topics in Animal Science. 1-4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-4 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Special Topics. (Credit-variable) This course deals with selected topics in animal science not covered by existing courses and may be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours counting toward the degree. Prerequisite Course(s): Approval of department head.

ANSC 4185. Senior Seminar. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

A review of current problems and developments in agriculture; professional opportunities and responsibilities; individual investigations and reports. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

ANSC 4300. Research and Writing in Animal Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Detailed discussions and literature review of current knowledge in areas such as reproductive and alimentary physiology, nutrition, parasitology, pharmacology, and genetics. Topics will include experimental design and statistical evaluation of agricultural research. Students will prepare various types of writings based on scientific literature. Prerequisite: senior classification in agriculture.

ANSC 4301. Equine Breeding Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Advanced theory and practices associated with equine reproduction, including breeding soundness exams, record keeping, and health care. Practices related to personnel management and economics of a equine breeding operation will be introduced. Prerequisite: ANSC 3410 or ANSC 3408 or instructor approval.

ANSC 4302. Dairy Cattle Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Principles of dairy science and their application to the feeding and management of dairy cattle. Topics include herd improvement, selection, feeding, replacement stock development, disease control, animal welfare, milk marketing, and associated management practices. Prerequisites: ANSC 3408; ANSC 3409 or ANSC 3309 or ANSC 4306; or permission of instructor.

ANSC 4303. Beef Cattle Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An overview of the beef cattle industry, with emphasis on the seedstock and cow-calf sectors. A study of the fundamental concepts and principles of beef cattle production. Integration of principles of nutrition, breeding, physiology, and marketing into complete production and management programs. In-depth coverage of seedstock and cow-calf segments of the industry, with introduction to stocker cattle production and feedlot management. Prerequisite: ANSC 3408; ANSC 3309 or ANSC 3409.

ANSC 4308. Environmental Physiology of Farm Animals. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies of farm animals and interactions with their physical environment. Detailed attention is given to the effects of changes and extremes in natural and artificial animal environments, including temperatures, shelter, altitude, humidity, crowding, and other stress factors associated with modern livestock production and handling practices. Prerequisites: AGRI 1419 or AGRI 1319 with a C or better, and ANSC 2350 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 4310. Swine Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Applications of nutrition, genetics, breeding, and reproduction to swine production. All aspects of production, with a focus on production systems. Prerequisite: ANSC 3408; ANSC 3309 or ANSC 3409.

ANSC 4312. Meat Processing and Merchandising. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

The chemical and physical characteristics of meats and their relations to the processing and manufacturing of meat food items. Carcass value as influenced by merchandising techniques and practices. Sanitation control and commercial and retail operations will be stressed. Laboratory work will include meat processing and the development of competencies in processing all classes of livestock. Prerequisite: ANSC 3421 or approval of department head. Lab fee $10.

ANSC 4313. Sheep and Goat Production. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Practical applications of breeding, feeding, management, disease and parasite control with regard to range and farm conditions; fitting and showing. Wool and mohair production; grading; sorting; and marketing. Prerequisites: ANSC 3408; ANSC 3409 or ANSC 4306 or ANSC 3309 or permission of instructor.

ANSC 4314. Food Quality Assurance. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The basis behind food quality control/assurance is discussed along with its application to various food systems to control and improve the quality and safety of our food supply. Credit will not be awarded for ANSC 4341 and ANSC 5314. Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 4319. Biotechnology in Agriculture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of modern biotechnology in agriculture today. This course will explore important advancements and tools in fields such as genetics, agronomy, and bioinformatics. It will also examine the legal constraints and ethical debates that surround these technologies. Credit will not be awarded for both ANSC 4319 and ANSC 5319. Prerequisites: AGRI 3409, or BIOL 3303 and 3103, or instructor approval.

ANSC 4320. Stocker Cattle Production and Feedlot Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

An in-depth examination of nutrition, marketing, consumer relations, and management of beef cattle stocker and feedlot operations. . Prerequisite: ANSC 3421; ANSC 3309 or ANSC 3409, or instructor approval.

ANSC 4325. Equine Sales Prep and Marketing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Preparing and marketing horses for sale. Business strategies, marketing, catalog preparation, public relations, product presentation, fitness, and sale preparation of horses. Prerequisite: ANSC 3305 or instructor approval.

ANSC 4330. Horse Enterprise Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Individualized instruction in management techniques for horse enterprises. Record systems, marketing, and business operation procedures. Prerequisite: ANSC 3410 or ANSC 3408; ANSC 3309 OR ANSC 3314 or approval of instructor.

ANSC 4338. Value-Added Processed Meats. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The application of scientific principles and practices to further processed meat products. Interrelationships among tissue characteristics, ingredients, handling practices, processing technologies and storage conditions as they affect the quality, safety, and stability of muscle foods. Prerequisite: ANSC 3421 Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 4350. Feed Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 4 Hours).

Analytical techniques for determining the nutrient content of animal feeds. Students will learn to measure moisture, protein, fiber, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals. Different methods for estimating the useable energy content of feeds will be presented. Prerequisite: CHEM 1412 or approval of department head.

ANSC 4351. Environmental Stewardship in Animal Agriculture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Techniques and practices in animal production for good stewardship of land, water, and air. Review of applicable state and federal environmental laws. Prerequisite: AGRI 1419; CHEM 1411 or CHEM 1407; BIOL 1406 or BIOL 1407; or permission of instructor.

ANSC 4360. Lactation Physiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A systematic overview of lactation physiology using dairy cattle as the primary model. Topics include mammary gland anatomy, milk secretion, mammary gland development, and disease impacts. Prerequisites: ANSC 2350 and ANSC 3408.

ANSC 4361. Animal Science Study Tour. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

Field course in animal agriculture designed to acquaint students with live animal operations, related businesses, and food/feed facilities. Includes travel to various sites. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

ANSC 4390. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected topics in the animal sciences. May be repeated for credit when topics vary, with a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: approval of department head.

ANSC 4401. Ethology. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 4 Hours).

An introductory course in the behavior of animals, with emphasis on the natural selection, ontogeny, and function of behaviors as they relate to feeding, reproduction, predator-avoidance, and other traits. Both proximate (sensory, hormonal, genetic) and ultimate (ecological and evolutionary) mechanisms are addressed. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 1406 and BIOL 1407, and a C or better in either AGRI 1419 or WSES 2322. Lab fee: $2.

ANSC 4440. Sustainable Livestock Systems. 4 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Overview of beef, dairy, swine, small ruminant and poultry production systems and their applications. Modern concepts, ideas, and methodology associated with the application of technology to reproduction, breeding, health, nutrition and nutrient utilization, across various management schemes. Prerequisite: non-Animal Science majors only; ANSC 3408 or ANSC 3309 or ANSC 3409; or approval of instructor.

Veterinary Technology Courses

VETE 3112. Strengths Based Leadership. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the theories, concepts and principles of leadership. Emphasis will be on the development of leadership skills through the four domains of leadership strength: Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, and Stategic Thinking. Prerequisites: Enrollment in Veterinary Technology program or permission of program Department Head.

VETE 3313. Radiology & Clinical Imaging. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course teaches veterinary technician students beyond the fundamentals of taking and developing radiographs. Topics include descriptive positioning, digital radiographic techniques and quality calculations, and radiation safety procedures. Other imaging technologies include ultrasound, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT scan, and nuclear scintigraphy. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 3316. Clinical Cardiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The concepts of cardiology are designed to give veterinary professionals the solid foundation on cardiovascular disorders that represent a substantial portion of diseases seen in veterinary practice. The course will explore the most common cardiology diseases, the diagnostics, and therapeutic principles of veterinary cardiology allowing students to see cardiac disorders in a step-by-step fashion including pathophysiology, history, physical exam, electrocardiography, thoracic radiography, special diagnostic techniques, differential diagnosis, and the therapeutic approach. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 3317. Veterinary Microbiology. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Animal disease etiologies occurring in North America and global trans-boundary diseases. A systematic approach of describing infection and disease states to compare differences and similarities across affected species. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program; or Biology 1407 and upper division standing; or BIOL 1407 and ANSC 2350; or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4086. Veterinary Technology Special Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours). [WI]

This is an advanced course in veterinary technology. Problems assigned according to experience, interest, and needs of individual students. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4111. Safety & Regulatory Compliance. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce and heighten awareness of veterinary specific safety hazards and regulatory compliance issues. The course is designed to acquaint veterinary technician learners to the following: (1) personal safety hazards, (2) patient safety hazards, (3) Human Resource issues related to safety, (4) licenses, permits, and registrations, (5) Occupational and Safety Health Administration (OSHA), and (6) reproductive and gender issues. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head .

VETE 4181. Veterinary Practice: Law & Ethics I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This first course in veterinary law & ethics is designed to provide students with an understanding of the legal principles required by State and National licensing boards within the scope of veterinary practices. Emphasis is placed on the principles and policies which veterinarians and technicians receive through continuing education in order to maintain license. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4182. Veterinary Practice: Law & Ethics II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

This second in a series course in veterinary law & ethics is designed to provide students with a continuing understanding of the legal principles required by State and National licensing boards within the scope of veterinary practices. Emphasis is placed on the principles and policies which veterinarians and technicians receive through continuing education in order to maintain licensure. Prerequisite: VETE 4181.

VETE 4208. Veterinary Research. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course is collectively designed to provide veterinary technology students an introduction to biomedical research and career opportunities in veterinary medicine. It is centered on supporting veterinarian technicians who are seeking to develop their scientific knowledge and research skills. Unmet needs for veterinary technician expertise exist in sectors of veterinary medicine, such as Biomedical Genomics, Genetics and Bioinformatics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Cardiovascular Sciences, Infectious Diseases, Biodefense and Immunology, Neuroscience, Anatomy and Functional Imaging, Reproductive Biology, Development and Epigenetics, Toxicology, Environmental Health Science, and Food Safety. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4209. Veterinary Technology: Capstone. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate achievement of the goals for learning established by the Veterinary Technology Program . The course is designed to assess cognitive, affective and psychomotor learning and to do so in a student-centered and student-directed manner which requires the command, analysis and synthesis of knowledge and writing skills. The capstone course integrates learning from the courses within the major and the academic experience. This course is highly recommended to be taken in the last semester. Prerequisites: VETE 4208, enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program, upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4251. Veterinary Practice: Administrative Tools for Success. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course outlines time tested tools and systems for improving a veterinary practice manager's administrative skills and performance standards. The mind-set need to achieve an important goal is studied through discussions that mark and define progress and setting achievable goals; success mapping! Prerequisite: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4252. Veterinary Practice: Teaching Techniques. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores the development and delivery of front office skills, etiquette and medical practices required of veterinary technicians in carrying out their profession. A wide variety of models and exemplars focus on the integration of client, medical supplier, veterinary resources and supportive biomedical technologies that contribute to the veterinary practice and profession. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4253. Shelter Animal Medicine I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Evaluate protocols to enhance physical health and well-being of shelter animals, recognition and response to common health threats and infectious disease outbreaks. Medical concepts related to population management, sanitation, facility design, and housing.

VETE 4254. Shelter Animal Medicine II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Address animal cruelty in multiple species; investigate critical shelter animal behavior and welfare concepts including behavioral assessments, behavioral modification protocols, diagnosis of common behavioral problems, and medical treatments of selected behavioral disorders; address spay/neuter protocols in shelters. Prerequisite: VETE 4253.

VETE 4255. Shelter Animal Medicine III. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of shelter animal medicine and its role in disaster management. Special considerations for animal shelter management and for animal care and evaluation resulting from natural disasters. FEMA procedures for animal shelters. Prerequisite: VETE 4254.

VETE 4256. Veterinary Forensics I. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Procedures and protocols used when processing an animal crime scene; the role and responsibility of the veterinarian and veterinary professionals within the legal system; special considerations for animal cruelty.

VETE 4257. Veterinary Forensics II. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examination of the animal with special considerations for animal cruelty, postmortem changes, and forensic entomology. Explore areas of trauma and injury of common interest to forensics, such as: blunt force trauma, sharp force injury, burn-, electrical-, and fire-related injuries, and firearm injuries. Prerequisite: VETE 4256.

VETE 4259. Companion Animal Dermatology. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will cover the presentation, recognition and diagnostics necessary to identify skin diseases and provide clinical guidelines for the successful management of skin diseases commonly seen in veterinary practice. Consideration of the diagnostic approach toward the dermatology patient, precancerous conditions, zoonoses, and breed predispositions are examined along with dermatologic drugs and toxicities. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4260. Companion Animal Ophthalmology. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines clinical canine/feline ophthalmology. Coverage of the most commonly diagnosed and treated neuro-ophthalmology and systemic diseases afflicting the eye are considered. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4262. Dental Procedures & Techniques. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course covers the 12-step dental cleaning procedure, oral pathology, instrumentation used in cleaning, equipment, dental radiology, interpretation of dental radiographs. digital dental radiography systems, utilization of digital systems to promote client acceptance of treatment plans, dental charting, and implementing a higher level of dental care in a general practice. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4270. Integrative Medicine. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Holistic approach to animal examination, diagnosis and treatment modalities considering all aspects of the animal's life and focusing on culturally-alternative aspects of treatment such as: acupuncture, herbal medicine, chiropractics, tui na, and therapeutic nutrition. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program; or Biology 1407 and upper division standing; or BIOL 1407 and ANSC 2350; or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4271. Equine Lameness & Treatment Modalities. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course analyzes the causes, diagnoses, and management of the myriad causes of lameness such as: defining and identifying the lame leg; spotting gait abnormalities and non-muscular causes; physical examinations and evaluations; diagnostic tools and other tests; the role of the veterinarian and farrier in pre-purchase examinations. Physical therapies along with treatment of specific conditions to the foot, pastern and fetlock, cannon and splint bones, knee, upper foreleg, hock, upper hind leg, and back are studied. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4272. Equine Forensics: Cruelty. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on assessment and investigation into large animal (equine) cruelty cases. It covers and describes methods for assessing starvation, body condition scoring, hoof care, dental care, and accidental and non-accidental injuries. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4273. Emergency & Critical Care of Horses. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course addresses the role of veterinary technicians in equine emergency and critical care. It covers and describes dozens of common, life-saving protocols and procedures. Patient assessment, equipment, therapies and techniques are discussed along with important drug information. Specific systemic problems such as hematologic, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal emergencies, shock and trauma are covered. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4274. Equine Dermatology & Ophthalmology. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course describes the structure and function of the skin, and discusses disorders including bacterial, fungal, parasitic, viral, protozoal, allergic, immune-mediated, endocrine, metabolic, and nutritional diseases. It also covers congenital and hereditary defects, pigmentation abnormalities, keratinization defects, environmental skin diseases, and skin tumors. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4275. Equine Learning & Behavior. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explains learning theory, and offers practical advice on reward systems, positive and negative reinforcement, and overcoming fears and phobias. and how to apply it in a way that is both efficient and holds the horse’s welfare paramount. It also a range of practical tools to employ in solving equine behavior problems, and training tasks and case studies demonstrate these tools in use. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4283. Veterinary Practice Management Internship. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The Technician Manager Internship is designed to expose students to the daily practice-management activities that may be encountered in a veterinary practice, an animal research facility, or other allied animal-health facility. A minimum of 480 hours of participation in a veterinary manager internship position in a faculty-approved facility is required. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4305. Pharmacology & Pharmacy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course deals with pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, clinical/therapeutic uses and toxicology of drugs. Emphasis is given on how a drug works to anticipate outcomes. Nursing responsibilities include administering drugs, calculating medication dosages based on given setting, assessing drug effects, intervening to make a drug more tolerable, and providing teaching about drugs and the drug regimen. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4313. Animal Welfare & Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Course content includes and focuses on the ethics of animal use, physiological and psychological aspects of adverse states, examination of animal environments, the role of the veterinarian and the profession in in animal welfare, knowledge and understanding of welfare issues, animal legislation and cruelty law, and further characterization and understanding of the human - animal bond. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4321. Companion Animal Diseases & Health Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will focus on the nursing care required by companion animals as the result of disease or neonatal, geriatric, and obstetrical needs. The course objectives are to assess a student's knowledge base and then help him or her gain the knowledge to maintain the health, well-being, and longevity of companion animals. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4323. Companion Animal Nutrition & Care. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The essentials of companion animal nutrition including pet food regulation ingredients, labels and guaranteed analysis. Life cycle feeding management of healthy pets and during disease and debilitating injury. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program; or BIOL 1407 and ANSC 2350; or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4325. Companion Animal Anesthesiology & Surgical Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides detailed coverage of the physiological, pharmacological and physical aspects of anesthesia. Detailed case study is utilized to build knowledge and understanding of anesthetic principles. Nursing skills are given emphasis toward pre- and post operative procedures. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4326. Companion Animal Emergency-Critical Care & Pain Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will focus on learning and applying emergency care, critical care and pain management techniques appropriate for veterinary technicians. The student will acquire knowledge of the proper use of drugs, fluids, and equipment for emergency and critical care patients. Students will also learn to evaluate these patients through physiological monitoring and life support measures in the intensive care unit (ICU). Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4331. Equine Disease & Health Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is a comprehensive study of the essential elements necessary to promote goo health among horses. Living environments, fencing, pasture, grooming, vaccination protocols, de-worming protocols, hoof care, dental care, etc. are addressed and discussed through case scenarios and models. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4333. Equine Nutrition & Care. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides in-depth information on the function and peculiarities of equine gastrointestinal physiology and the importance of the nutrients that are essential for equine well-being. In addition to discussions of common feeds and supplement, topics will include how to read and interpret commercial feed labels, the balancing of rations, and the use of feed analyses and computer analysis programs. Course content is presented entirely online. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4335. Equine Anesthesiology & Surgical Nursing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides detailed coverage of the physiological, pharmacological and physical aspects of anesthesia. Detailed case study is utilized to build knowledge and understanding of anesthetic principles. Nursing skills are given emphasis toward pre- and post operative procedures. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4337. Equine Colic. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course explores the various etiologies and physiological responses of horse that are afflicted with gastrointestinal insufficiency. Each of the 5 main causative factors of equine colic are discussed and evaluated for health implications and measures necessary for a return to uncomplicated recovery. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Department Head.

VETE 4351. Veterinary Practice: Administration and Organization. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Designed for veterinary technicians, this course explores the decision making responsibility within a veterinary practice environment in which to improve its competitive advantage. This course examines how the long-term organizational success of veterinary services can be achieved through effective policies and operating procedures. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4352. Veterinary Practice: Fiscal Analysis and Planning. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the specific financials of veterinary practice and statement analysis that are one of the most challenging areas for practice managers. Also covered are facility additions/improvements, equipment, vehicles, and other capital expenditures that requires the practice manager to proactively conduct a thorough analysis of projected client (statement) income and projections to facilitate sound decision making. Also, under consideration are the variable pricing models - veterinary hospitals have a number of potential pricing models to choose from when setting fees. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4354. Veterinary Practice: Client/Consumer Behavior and Practice Branding. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will explore the veterinary practice manager's role in facilitating client education directed at the health care needs of their animals' and insuring for health care needs while growing the practice through internal and external promotions and educational programs. This course also examines veterinary wellness and preventative health care plans as well as communicating the benefits of product, place, price, promotion and branding. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

VETE 4355. Veterinary Practice: Supervision and Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to identify key interpersonal relationships in veterinary practice that leaders must foster and develop for long term success. Supervision in large and small practices; consisting of administrative, technical and support staff is also covered. A discussion planner (tool) for veterinary technicians/managers to develop interdependency, trust and effective communication will be utilized. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAS Veterinary Technology Program and upper division standing or approval of the Director.

Dr. Frank Owsley, Department Head
Department of Animal Science
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 116
Box T-0070
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9222
(254) 968-9300
owsley@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/animalsciences

Ms. Julie Phillips, Administrative Assistant
Department of Animal Science
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 116
Box T-0070
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9222
(254) 968-9300
jphillips@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/animalsciences

Professors

  • Lambert, Barry Dr.
  • Owsley, Frank Dr.
  • Rosiere, Randall Dr.
  • Waddell, Jolena Dr.

Associate professors

  • Guay, Kimberly Dr.
  • Jones, Trinette Dr.
  • Kinman, Lea Ann Dr.

Assistant professors

  • Cassens, Drew Dr.
  • Jones, Barbara Dr.
  • Roper, David Dr.
  • Runyan, Cheyenne Dr.
  • Smith, W. Brandon Dr.

Instructor

  • Cockrell, Michelle Ms.
  • Doty, Bob Mr.
  • Eakin, Mark Mr.
  • Huxen, Shelby Ms.
  • Jared, Jackson Mr.
  • Walton, Roberta Ms.